Kallis, Smith centuries put South Africa in command on day three

At close of day three, South Africa lead New Zealand by 233 runs with seven wickets in hand AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Dunedin: Mar 9, 2012

Steered by centuries by captain Graeme Smith and all-rounder Jacques Kallis, South Africa reached a score of 268 runs for the loss of three wickets at the close of day 3 on Friday.

The visitors now have taken a strong lead of 233 runs. Earlier, the New Zealand first innings was wrapped up early in the morning session for 273 after some powerful hitting by tailender Trent Boult, giving the home side a 35-run lead.

Shortly after the visitors knocked off the deficit, Doug Bracewell removed Alviro Petersen and Hashim Amla in the same over, bringing Smith and Kallis together with the score at 47 for 2.

But the South African captain and the veteran all-rounder were seldom troubled by the New Zealand attack as they methodically added 87 runs in the middle session.

Bracewell has been the only successful New Zealand bowler.

Petersen was a soft dismissal, with the opener lofting the ball straight to Tim Southee at mid-off when on 25.

Amla, who starred with the bat in the recent one-day series and made 62 in the first innings, was quickly gone for two, brilliantly caught by a diving Martin Guptill at second slip.

New Zealand resumed on the third day with a five-run lead. Lusty hitting from Boult saw 34 runs put on for the last wicket with Chris Martin, who was the final wicket to fall, caught by Amla off Dale Steyn for five.

Boult finished unbeaten on 33 with 22 of the runs coming off one over by Vernon Philander, who was the pick of the South African bowlers with four for 72.

Brief Scores: South Africa 238 all-out & 268 for 3 (Graeme Smith 115, Jacques Kallis 107*, Doug Bracewell 3 for 53) lead New Zealand 273 (Brendon McCullum 48, Daniel Vettori 46; Vernon Philander 4 for 72) by 233 runs.

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